Day in the life of a Silicon Valley Grrrrl Mom
"Can we share?" I say to Hank. Obviously I'm overdressed for the occasion wearing a pink tanktop and sagging black military pants. He sizes me up wrong as we stand outside of Trader Joes, the California grocery store. He mistakes me for a yuppie. Which is what all the other... Find Out More
Birth Control: Know Your Options
There are many different kinds of birth control options. They vary in price, difficulty to use, availability, side effects, and cost. Choosing the birth control that is right for you can be an empowering experience. To make an informed choice, you must first know the facts about different... Find Out More
by Elisabeth Pruden
Nothing changes someone's opinion of you quicker than revealing to them you've had an abortion. Some people are genuinely curious about your experience, and respect your right to control your own body as well as your own destiny.
Others, (and in my experience these "others" constitute the... Find Out More
I lay in bed with my heart pounding, sweat dripping, and an insomniac's restlessness traveling deep throughout my veins. The moon's glare probed into my bedroom, unexplainably accentuating my profound feelings of emptiness. Something stirred within me, and I had to find something, ANYTHING, to fill the... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."